Book Review | Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

cinderRating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I know what you all are thinking: You read Cinder?

Yes, I’m thinking the same thing too. It’s been a while since I’ve read any Young Adult Fiction. Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent, Hunger Games, House of Night, Fearless, Sweep (and the list gets increasingly obscure), I was pretty deeply immersed in my youth. I say “in my youth” as though Harry Potter doesn’t continue to play a big part in my life.

When I saw the hype surrounding Cinder, and one of its later sequels, Winter, I felt obligated to at least give it a chance.

I didn’t hate it. It took me a couple tries to get all the way through it, but I was infinitely more into the book by the time it ended. Cinder, named for its main character, is a re-imagining of Cinderella. Taking place in the futuristic ‘New Beijing,’ Cinder is about much more than a simple love story about a neglected teen. Cinder is the first in Meyer’s series, each of which take on a new fairytale, such as Rapunzel, or Snow White. At the very least, its an imaginative concept– the books are all a part of the same universe, with each main character not necessarily knowing the others (That’s a pretty cursory understanding of the series. There’s more to the story, but that would involve spoilers).

Overall, I enjoyed Cinder, although I’m not sure that I’ll be reading any of the next ones. It’s a great young adult read, with a strong and well developed female lead.  It even has a charming, if not somewhat impotent prince. If you’re interested in the Young Adult genre, this book is a cute read. I’m curious to know what happens, and just how Meyer works these other fairytales into her story arc– so who knows? Maybe if its at my local library, I’ll pick up Scarlet on a day I need a fun and easy read.




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  4. I love YA fiction but for some reason couldn’t get into Cinder. Way to stick with it. I so wanted to like since so many other people do, and I could talk to them about it. Now you’ve got me curious–does it get a WHOLE lot better? Should I give it another try?


    1. It gets a good deal better! If you’ve the time, I’d say try once more to finish it. But don’t buy it–just borrow from a friend or get it from the library.

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      1. “Borrow-don’t-buy,” haha, great suggestion.


  5. I’m reading Cinder now, and I have to agree. I like Cinder, but I’m not totally invested in the book yet. Great mini-review 😀

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  6. jessreadingnook

    So many of my kids love Cinder, but I just haven’t wanted to read it yet. I might pick it up soon because I didn’t realize that each book in the series took on a different fairy tale, and now I’m more intrigued now.

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